Mcgreavy Battles With The Stars
A string of fine performances from Leamington hurdler Sara McGreavy, including a European Permit Race win in Belgium the week-end before last caught the eye of the Great Britain team managers which lead to Sara being selected to compete in the Great City Games verses a strong USA team, an event screened live by BBC1 on 17th September. This unique event, where a temporary running track is set up in the streets and quayside of Newcastle, has proved to be a great success.
Both the GB and USA teams were littered with stars from the recent World Championships held in Daegu, South Korea, two weeks ago and the 100 metre hurdles was no exception with Danielle Carruthers and Dawn Harper, the World silver and bronze medallists competing for the USA.
Not surprisingly in a race held on a very wet track they showed their outstanding class with Harper, who is the reigning Olympic champion, winning the race in 12.73 seconds with Carruthers coming second in a close finish with a time of 12.77. McGreavy only 3 strides off the pace finished third with a time of 13.46 seconds and GB under 23 champion Ashley Helsby was forth.
Sara, who is sponsored by Catermaster's and PhysioWorld, said "I knew the competition was going to be fierce, but this was a fantastic opportunity to race against the best in the world and considering I have only raced for half of the season I was really encouraged by just how close I finished behind them.
"I am taking a break now and on my return I am back into hard winter training and with the support team I have around me now, I know, I will come out stronger and quicker in the New Year for the Indoor Season and then the lead up to the 2012 Olympic Games"
"I am a 100mh and have hurdled from the age of 12. I won many English schools competitions and competed at the World Junior Championships in 2000, the European Junior Championships in 2001 and became the 1st Commonwealth Youth Games winner and record holder for 2000."
"2006 saw me achieve the silver medal at the National Championships held at Sales home track, which led to a selection for the European Championships in Gothenburg, where i qualified for the semi final."
"A year later 2007 indoors, I became the 4th faster ever indoor sprint hurdler in the UK (which of course has now dropped to 6th), and raced at the European Indoor Championships finishing 5th. My proudest achievement to date."
"2007 Outdoor season- 2009 saw me battle with a long term injury, however, determined to persevere, worked hard to get better and race a short 2010 season. I battled once again in January, pulling my hamstring, which forced me out of the indoors season, and again in April and May, however due to my new sponsors at Physio world, I have managed to race since July and gained GB selection for my first appearance at the Great City Games."
"I am pleased with my season, however know there is a lot more to come. I look forward to a hard winters training and come out strong for the indoors and of course in the build up to London 2012. I have been with sale since 2003, and have represented Britain 8 times."
Posted 15/01/2012 19:48